Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Have we finally found some stability at tight end?  While there’s a clear elite class, that next set of trustworthy options may finally be coming into focus…  At least that’s what we have to hope, as players like Evan Engram, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and others start to find at least a little consistency in their performance.  Can they continue it in Week 7?  Who are the trustworthy options?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Atlanta
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Giants
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Seattle
  7. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Baltimore
  8. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at New England
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at Miami
  10. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  11. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
  12. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  14. Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
  15. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Buffalo
  16. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  17. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Dallas
  18. Ben Watson – Baltimore Ravens – at Minnesota
  19. Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
  20. Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • The Seattle Seahawks do a good job against opposing tight ends, but Giants’ rookie Evan Engram is going to be among the most targeted tight ends each week.  He’s coming off a day where he was targeted 7 times, despite limited passing attempts, and given the state of the receiving corps there’s little reason to believe the number will shrink (even when everyone was healthy he would routinely see 7+ targets).  Opportunity is half the battle, and Engram is going to get it and has shown an ability to make something of it (24 receptions, 282 yards, 2 TD).
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been targeted 19 times over the past two weeks, finding the end zone in each game (and it’s easy to argue that he should’ve had 2 TD in Week 6 after a perplexing call took one away).  The yardage isn’t blowing you away, but he’s a weekly TD threat with a favorable matchup.  Fire him up as a TE1 in all formats.
  • Over the past three games Jimmy Graham has turned 25 targets into 17 receptions, 170 yards and 1 TD.  Considering those numbers and the fact that the Giants have allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends, it’s easy to consider Graham one of the elite options for the coming week.  Fire him up as a Top 5 option in all formats.
  • Martellus Bennett is already one of the most targeted tight ends and with Brett Hundley under center there’s a good chance that we see more safe passes.  While he has just 7 targets over the past two weeks, at a position filled with questions he’s worth considering as a low-end TE1.
  • After low usage the first few weeks Austin Hooper has been targeted 16 times over the past two weeks.  Part of his opportunity will be dependent on the health of the wide receivers, but the Patriots have been susceptible to opposing tight ends (fourth most points per week) including allowing 5 TD.  Recent chances plus a favorable matchup is going to equal a good gamble to take.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

12 comments

  1. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor,
    12 team standard. Looking to strengthen bench . I have Duke Johnson but was thinking of dropping him for devonte booker or dion Lewis. What’s your thoughts on ros in making this move or stay put?
    Thank You

  2. James says:

    Should I drop Bennett for hooper or Henry?

  3. Greg says:

    I have Dak, Matthew Stafford and Carson Palmer on my team. I need to drop Stafford or Palmer. Who would you drop and why?

  4. Andy says:

    Sorry Eric, I didnot see WR yet.
    This is PPR 12 teams, Who do you rather have 4 Wrs for ROS ?
    I have Keenan Allen, Doug Baldwin, Davante Adam, Golden Tate
    in waive we have Sterling Shepard, Marvin Jones, John Brown .
    What 2 WRs and 1 Flex will you use for this week ? Thanks

  5. Luigi says:

    Delanie walker looking questionable, i have stashed Hooper and Tyler Kroft. If he is playing still run with him or drop in hooper for the prime time matchup?

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